Notice: RID has announced that a moratorium will be placed on performance exams beginning January 1, 2016.  For more information about the moratorium, please see this FAQ.

Holders of this specialist certification have demonstrated specialized knowledge of legal settings and greater familiarity with language used in the legal system. These individuals are recommended for a broad range of assignments in the legal setting. This credential has been available since 1998.

The SC:L certification process begins with a multiple-choice SC:L Knowledge Exam. Candidates are eligible for the SC:L Knowledge Exam if they are a current RID Certified member and meet the experience and training requirements. Candidates who have passed the knowledge exam within 5 years and meet RID’s educational requirement may then take the SC:L Performance Exam. The SC:L Performance Exam is a videotaped assessment.

SC:L Certification Process Flowchart

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SC:L Candidate Handbook

Prior to testing RID recommends that all candidates read the entire SC:L Candidate Handbook.  The SC:L Candidate Handbook will include exam eligibility requirements, exam fees, testing procedures, and more.

SC:L Candidate Handbook

*All Candidate Handbooks are interactive and searchable.  You can click on the table of contents to jump to a specific section, or use CTRL+F to search for keywords.

SC:L Exam Fees (as of July 1, 2015)

Member Exam Fees New Applicant  Retake
SC:L Knowledge $225 $165
SC:L Performance $310 $280

SC:L Knowledge Exam Eligibility Requirement

*Applicants must show eligibility by meeting one of the categories below. 

Category 1: Current RID certified membership in good standing. Successful completion of bachelor degree in any field or associate degree in sign language interpreting. Documentation of at least 50 hours of legal interpreting experience and/or being mentored in the legal setting plus 30 hours of formal legal training. Strongly recommended: Five years general interpreting experience (post certification).

Category 2: Current RID certified membership in good standing. Successful completion of associate degree in any field. Documentation of at least 75 hours of legal interpreting experience and/or being mentored in the legal setting plus 50 hours of formal legal training. Strongly recommended: Five years general interpreting experience (post certification).

Category 3: Current RID certified membership in good standing. Documentation of at least 100 hours of legal interpreting experience and/or being mentored in the legal setting plus 70 hours of formal legal training. Strongly recommended: Five years general interpreting experience (post certification).

Category 4: Current SC:L certification.

Documentation Required: 

Legal interpreting experience: a formal letter from the court clerk or from the interpreter service agency stating the date(s), duration, and topics covered.

Work with a mentor in the legal setting: a formal letter from the mentor, who holds any valid RID certification, stating the date(s), duration, and topics covered.

Formal legal training: College or CEU transcripts, certificate(s) of attendance, or a formal letter from the instructor verifying your attendance and stating the training date(s), duration, and topics covered.

SC:L Performance Examination Education Requirement

SC:L exam candidates wishing to test must have a minimum of a bachelor degree (any major) or an approved updated/2012 Alternative Pathway to Eligibility application recorded in their RID account before testing for any RID performance-based exam. This applies to ALL SC:L exam candidates, including those who already hold RID certification.

Study Materials

pdfSC:L Reference Materials

pdf“Dual Interpretation and Discourse” by Phyllis Wilcox

pdf“Who’s in Charge Here?: Perceptions of Empowerment and Role in the Interpreting Setting” by Marina L. McIntire and Gary R. Sanderson

SC:L Exam Paper Applications

SC:L Knowledge Exam Application

SC:L Performance Exam Application

*SC:L Exam applicants will receive e-mail notification of processing approximately 2-4 weeks after RID receives the paper application.

SC:L Test Sites

SC:L Knowledge & SC:L Performance Exam Test Sites